Wallwork Heat Treatment, which has significantly reduced its energy intensity in recent years through energy efficient upgrades, is set to invest £2 million to expand its facility in Bury.
The company, which specialises in metallurgical heat treatment and surface engineering services for the aerospace, automotive and general engineering industries, has made a number of improvements to its workshop in Bury with resource efficiency support from ENWORKS and the Business Growth Hub.
Recent site improvements include:
- Installing modern burner technology onto its furnaces to significantly improve temperature performance and reduce gas use
- Recycling process quench oil and installing a waste oil burner to create heat, which has significant reduced the volume of waste oil removed from the site
- Replacing lighting onsite with energy efficient T5 fluorescents and LEDs
- Switching off energy-intensive salt pots during periods of low demand
Based on the company’s own data, its energy consumption is now 22 per cent lower than anticipated as a result of these measures, whilst production has significantly increased.
“Wallwork is a great example of how a company can increase productivity whilst reducing energy consumption by carefully examining where processes can be made more efficient – a win-win for both the business and the environment”, said Alasdair Dalzel-Job, environmental business advisor at the Business Growth Hub.
The company is now planning to commission a new brazing workshop at its Bury facility as part of a significant increase in the plant’s capacity.
Almost £2 million will be invested to enhance production capabilities, improve research and development and strengthen Wallwork’s position in the marketplace.
According to the director of Wallwork’s Bury site, Ian Griffin, the investment will help the company to provide “an exceptional level of service to our customers, from prototype and development work through to volume processing, all under stringent quality control.”
On its energy efficiency improvements, Wallwork’s environmental co-ordinator, Daniel Kenyon, said: “Heat treatment is an energy intensive process, so it makes sense for us to continually improve our efficiency, not only to reduce our impact on the environment but also to reduce costs.”